Lawyer was dad of two

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A LAWYER has been found dead at the foot of cliffs in the Vale of Glam­or­gan.

Fa­ther-of-two Geraint Thomas, 47, was a part­ner at law firm Ever­sheds Suther­land.

A LAWYER has been found dead at the foot of cliffs in the Vale of Glam­or­gan.

Fa­ther-of-two Geraint Thomas, 47, was a part­ner at law firm Ever­sheds Suther­land and spe­cialised in of­fer­ing Brexit ad­vice to busi­nesses as well as mort­gage reg­u­la­tions and con­sumer credit.

The Ox­ford Univer­sity grad­u­ate was based at the firm’s of­fice in Cardiff and was found dead on De­cem­ber 18.

A po­lice spokesman said: “South Wales Po­lice is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sud­den death of a 47-year-old man from Cardiff who was dis­cov­ered at South­ern­down.

“The death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious. Next of kin have been in­formed and a file of ev­i­dence is be­ing pre­pared for HM Coro­ner.”

An in­quest into Mr Thomas’ death was opened and ad­journed at Pon­typridd Coro­ner’s Court on Christ­mas Eve.

Fel­low work­ers at global law firm Ever­sheds Suther­land were sent an email telling them of Mr Thomas’ death and of­fer­ing them “sup­port and ad­vice” if needed. A spe­cial­ist coun­sel­lor has been ap­pointed for staff at the firm.

A col­league said: “It is a ter­ri­ble tragedy and a shock­ing waste of life. The staff in­volved are ter­ri­bly shocked and trau­ma­tised.”

Mr Thomas is un­der­stood to have had two daugh­ters, the youngest aged five.

He worked three days from the le­gal firm’s HQ in Lon­don and two days in Wales.

A pro­file on the com­pany web­site says Mr Thomas had been a part­ner since 2003 spe­cial­is­ing in con­sumer credit and mort­gage reg­u­la­tions.

The flu­ent French­s­peaker was also part of Ever­sheds Brexit ad­vi­sory team “work­ing with a num­ber of clients to help them with Brexit plan­ning” and “help­ing them take steps to put them­selves in the best pos­si­ble po­si­tion”.

Lee Ran­som, CEO of Ever­sheds Suther­land, said: “On be­half of the firm I can con­firm with great sad­ness that Geraint Thomas, a part­ner in our com­mer­cial team, was found dead on De­cem­ber 18, 2018. De­tails sur­round­ing his death are un­clear and we are cur­rently li­ais­ing with his fam­ily and the po­lice.

“Geraint was a highly re­spected and es­teemed lawyer who, hav­ing joined the firm in 1994, spent his en­tire ca­reer with the firm.

“A truly ex­cep­tional lawyer, he will be re­mem­bered for his ded­i­ca­tion to his clients and to the firm in equal mea­sure. He will be greatly missed.

“Our sin­cere sym­pa­thies and thoughts are with Geraint’s wife, fam­ily and friends at this ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult time. Many of Geraint’s col­leagues have also been deeply af­fected by this tragic news.

“We are work­ing with ev­ery­one to en­sure they have ap­pro­pri­ate, pro­fes­sional sup­port in the com­ing weeks and months.

“As this is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion I am un­able to pro­vide fur­ther com­ment at this time.”

For con­fi­den­tial sup­port call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit www. samaritans.org

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Geraint Thomas with his wife Re­becca

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